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Blackheart's Tavern have scored a massive interview with Blizzard Senior Art Director Samwise Didier, the man responsible for the "Blizzard look". From defining the art style of the Warcraft universe to, more recently, Heroes of the Storm and basically everything else in between, he's one of the most veteran people at Blizzard today and has quite a few stories to tell, stories that Blackheart's Tavern were nice enough to share with the rest of us!

 

 

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We got to interview the Panda King Himself! Sam "Samwise" Didier a Art Director at Blizzard Entertainment. Among the veteran Blizzard employees, Samwise Didier has been a consistent artist for many years, and recently his style has been the artistic direction of choice for all Blizzard franchises.

Didier's greatly exaggerated physiques and vibrant, bright color palette has dictated the artistic style of Warcraft III, World of Warcraft, and even the now doing artwork for Heroes of The Storm. Didier has also designed and drawn many of the graphical icons found in Warcraft III and World of Warcraft, and even provided some voice work for both.

Samwise is the frontman of Elite Tauren Chieftain, the band of Blizzard employees that played at BlizzCon and every hour at Darkmoon Faire.

Away from Blizzard, Samwise has become an author and released his first book titled "Grimbeard: Tales of The Last Dwarf" and Is currently releasing his next book "The Last Winter" which you can pre-order in the links below.

You can Buy and check out his artwork at these links
https://www.artofsamwise.com/

https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/samwis...

https://samwisedidier.deviantart.com/

https://twitter.com/SamwiseDidier

Purchase and preorder his books here
https://insighteditions.com/product/g...

https://insighteditions.com/product/t...

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Samwise is a living legend. He is arguably one of my favorite artists, ever. His style always inspired me (*cough* self promotion *cough* check my portfolio *cough cough*). But seriously, the history of his life is something I'd really want for me. Drawing fantasy stuff to live is my dream.

I loved the interview. He is such a a chill guy! Humble as fuck. A lot of what he said hit me deep. Even makes me rethink about my career as a Graphic Designer, and how I'm not following what I've always wanted: draw all day, which is what he does.

And the "Dwarves are way cooler than elves" quotation made my day. As someone who always played Dwarf in WoW for every single class that allows it, which nowadays is pretty much all but Druid and Demon Hunter (for now), it feels good to hear that!

Also, if I recall, he also voiced Samuro in Heroes of the Storm, right?

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7 minutes ago, positiv2 said:

That trip was rather disturbing :D

I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment or not. Haha.

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31 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment or not. Haha.

Kind of both I'd say. I can never unsee Grunkle Stan though. Gravity Falls is my favourite cartoon and you do this :'( But your art looks nice!

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6 minutes ago, positiv2 said:

Kind of both I'd say. I can never unsee Grunkle Stan though. Gravity Falls is my favourite cartoon and you do this :'( But your art looks nice!

I've always seen Grunkle Stan as a very dark character (well, given his backstory, he is), specially in Season 1 where you seem him constantly lurking at his secret passage with that creepy suspicious look in his eyes. I wanted to capture that mysterious, scheming expression of his. Gravity Falls is one of my favorite shows too, so believe me when I say I drew that with passion, haha. I'm sorry if he ended up TOO creepy.

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This guy's art is what brought me into Blizzard. In 2002 I opened a PC magazine and saw the art for the Mountain King and Demon Hunter (Illidan). I was enthralled by this unique style, looking as a  combination of comic book and tattoo art, so I knew I'd be playing WC3, even though RTS games are not for me and I suck at them, hard.

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Sam wise....ahhh such amazing memories for me looking at every piece of art work blizzard published or produced for his signature. 

To me Sam exudes what it is to be a good modern man.   Love of family, food, friends and fantasy!  The fact he is a metal head not to shabby either!  I remember rushing into Tower Records and tearing through the rows of records looking for Saxxon or Metal Church etc.   Funny my friend Mike Wells his brother was the lead in that band Metal Church.  Anyhow love all Sam's amazing artwork.  

Sam reminds of Frank Frazetta and his amazing stuff.  I wonder if he liked Wizards that animated movie from the 70s man that was awesome.   

Wonderful human being .  Thank you for the interview and thank you Sam for taking the time.

 

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It's so easy to just attribute great art to Blizzard as a whole company, but it's amazing just how talented each of the artists are. Absolutely SD's work.

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This just goes to show that Blizzard has some of the absolute best game designers and workers the world has to offer. Really chill dude too, it was just very inspiring to watch and makes me love Blizzard and their employees even more. Such an old company, yet still so unique and awesome. The passion they put into their games is what makes them so good, and they are always so kind. I will support them till the last day. :)

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8 hours ago, Maxkitty said:

The passion they put into their games is what makes them so good, and they are always so kind. I will support them till the last day. :)

It can be truly endearing listening to some of their employees talking about not only their own games, but the games they play. It's amazing, even thought it may be obvious, that they love their games so much. Listening to Terran Gregory, for example, talk about his cinematics is listening to a man that is truly proud of what he and his team have created.

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